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December 14, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Department of Energy creates Office of Critical and Emerging Technology

Major advances in critical and emerging technologies hold extraordinary potential for the economy and national security but also pose significant risks.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has  announced the launch of the Office of Critical and Emerging Technology to ensure U.S. investments in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), biotechnology, quantum computing, and semiconductors leverage the Department’s wide range of assets and expertise to accelerate progress in these critical sectors.

According to the DOE news release, critical and emerging technologies (CET) have broad applications throughout DOE, such as clean energy, national defense, and pandemic preparedness. Major advances in CET hold extraordinary potential for the economy and national security but also pose significant risks, and DOE’s new office will focus the Department’s efforts to ensuring that its capabilities are helping to solve critical science, energy, and security challenges.

Leading the effort is Helena Fu, who was Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Science and Innovation after serving as Director for Technology and National Security at the National Security Council. She will report to the Under Secretary for Science and Innovation and will focus collective efforts across the Department, including its 17 national laboratories and numerous university research and development programs.


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